Christian missionary acquitted of fraud in Cambodia

Australian Martin Chan plans to work more with prisoners after spending three months in jail.

A Cambodian appeals court judge has dismissed charges of criminal fraud brought against a Christian missionary after efforts to build a multi-million-dollar school for bilingual students collapsed and turned into a bitter dispute.

“It is a relief,” Martin Chan, 49, said after being told by his lawyer that he was found not guilty. Chan was not in court when the verdict was announced on April 21 due to repeated delays in his case.

He said his faith had kept him going throughout his four-year ordeal.

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